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we're back now more of "today" on a tuesday morning. it's the 11th day of october, 2011. and we've got a nice crowd continuing to stick with us out on the plaza. i'm matt lauer along with acann coming up, where is ie. 10-month-old lisa irwin, the little baby girl last seen more than a week ago. investigators returned to her home in the last 24 hours looking for more clues behind that house. we'll have the latest on that investigation coming up in a couple of minutes. also looking for a getaway,
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"travel & leisure" compiled a list of the best cities in america to visit. we'll give you that list coming up. "today's professionals" are back, haven't had enough of their say so we'll give them a few more topics to chew over including president herman cain's comments over racism, whether it still exists in this country and can a fatter wallet make up for a fatter body? the experts you see there, we'll get into that, we'll weigh in on it. from time to time we've been talking to this young man behind us here, this is ben calano, from phoenix, arizona, right? >> yep. >> reporter: he has this sign, kelly pope, will you go to homecoming with him? kelly is in phoenix. you have no way of knowing except we have kelly on the phone. we have kelly joining us on the phone joining from us phoenix. good morning, can you hear me? >> yeah. >> i guess i shouldn't do this, ben, why don't you do the
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honors. >> hey, kelly. >> hi. >> happy birthday. >> thank you. >> i have a question. >> okay. >> would you like to go to homecoming with me? >> ahh, sure. >> well done. okay. >> kelly, that's fantastic. were you watching the show, kelly or did we just wake you up? >> i just got up, matt. >> that's great news. how long have you known kelly? >> for about six months. >> that's great. >> maybe more. >> you showed a lot of guts there young man. that's good. kelly have a great time at homecoming with matt. >> thank you. >> bye, kelly. >> thanks for joining us. >> i like how you softened her up with happy birthday, very smart. >> especially it's not even her birthday. all right, let's get a check of the headlines in the morning.
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actually, yeah, we've got natalie inside. >> good morning to you guys once again and good morning, everyone. president obama's jobs bill heads to the senate today for an expected test vote, but it faces fierce opposition from republicans who are against its tax hikes for the wealthiest americans. meantime the president's jobs council is calling for urgent changes to government policy including raising infrastructure spending and liberalizing immigration. detectives searching for baby lisa, the missouri infant who vanished a week ago are focusing on an area near her parents' kansas city home. earlier on today the kansas city police captain said he's glad the child's parents are communicating with investigators once again. fbi agents are asking neighbors about a homeless man in his 20s last seen riding a bike in the area. new details about the rescue of a family in the florida seas. they set out to fish, high seas
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capsized their boat leaving them clinging to a small cooler for 20 hours. a 79 yoorld drowned but seven others survived including a 4-year-old girl. they were treated for hypothermia, and jellyfish stings. joe the plumber became the symbol of the everyday middle class man during the 2012 presidential campaign. he's now filed papers to run for a 2012 congressional seat. oh, deer. a pennsylvania sprint store got an unexpected customer when a deer walked into the front door, hung out for an hour, finally the deer made a dash for the parking lot. i don't know. maybe looking for a phone or something? it's now four minutes past the hour. let's go back outside once again and check in with matt and ann. >> ann is on her way back over. >> sorry. >> thank you very much. >> let's get a check of the weather. here is al with the weather. >> all righty, let's check it out, we've had some heavy rain
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down in florida, and it's going to continue, making its way up the east coast. double barrel low to transfer the energy to that system along the mid-atlantic coast, brings that rain up through wednesday on into thursday, into the northeast and rain is going to be heavy at times, we're talking about anywhere from one to five inches of rain from charleston, all the way up to buffalo, and then we're also looking at some more sunshine here in the east. heavy rain moving into the posk northwest. mountain snows in the wasatch. plenty of sunshine in the plains and into the southern plains. >> good morning. clouds could seem to building from the south. mostly into central maryland by the evening.
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>> and that's your latest weather. savannah? ♪ and i'll be taking care of business ♪ another round of "today's professionals" where our power panel breaks down the hottest headline, studies and surveys making news, star jones, attorney and author, donny deutsche of deutsche incorporated and dr. nancy snyderman, nbc's chief medical editor. good morning to all of you. one segment is not enough. we need more professionals and opinions. >> absolutely. >> that's popular demand. >> the e mailies have been flooding in. let's talk about oprah winfrey's own network, struggles in the ratings answers rosie o'donnell will have her own show, tons of advertising about it. donny, is it going to be rosie to the rescue? can she salvage the ratings here? >> the one mistake the open with a network made and oprah is
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brilliant, so is rosie, it's the oprah network. we're about empowerment. i think rosie can be a road map. i would make it all the entire day women empowering other women talk shows and i think that could be a great format so she thinks she to be a road map to that, all talk all the time. >> everyone wants to see oprah. nancy do you think she needs to be more involved in the programming? people want to see more of her in. >> people followed the oprah brand because they wanted to be her, wanted to follow her and wanted to emulate her. they wanted more of her, and network isn't a network without her. >> you know as you think about both these powerful women, the only -- of course we want them to do well, the only problem is if you're going to do that cross-brand thing, will discovery, will rosie translate into the other discovery eyeballs. you want everyone to bring -- >> the answer is no. people don't consume a network.
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they consume show by show. rosie, suze orman, it's a great format. i gave you the formula for free. do it. herman cain running for president made comments that caused controversy in some corners, racism is essentially not a problem anymore in the u.s. listen to what he had to say. >> i don't believe racism in this country today holds anybody back in a big way. is there some, are there some elements of racism, yes. it gets back to if we don't grow this economy, there is a ripple effect for every economic level and because blacks are more disproportionately unemployed, they get hit the worst when economic policies -- >> should these comments have been controversial? >> actually i think what mr. cain said makes a lot of sense to me. as i think about it, i reaped a benefit of who came before me so i am very grateful for the hand that reached back and brought me along, but i was never allowed
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to use racism as an excuse not to succeed. i did have different resources. i did have a different environment. i have parents who made sure that i was evaluated on my excellence rather than my skin color, and i embraced that. there are not that many other african-americans outside of those resources who get those opportunities. >> it's not a race issue. we have a black president. it's an education issue and obviously -- >> and economic resource. >> economic resource and the fact that generally speaking, african-americans in this country don't at this point, aren't in the same socioeconomic place, that's the disadvantage. >> the interesting thing is we don't talk about race enough in this country because we tiptoe around each other because we want to be so politicalcally correct we don't say the hard things to each other. we talk about education, politics, we talk about medicine, we don't really talk about black, white, hispanic, asian, in the hard ways. >> scares people. >> i think if you look at black families, where are the dads,
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and the family has become fragmented and unless children grow up seeing role models there's a problem. >> can i ask you a question, a loaded question. what you said is an actual demographic fact. >> we know it. >> there are more fatherless homes in african-american communities. culturally why does that play out? i know you don't have the answer. >> no, i don't have the answer. it scares me because if we go back historically the black family was broken up during the slavery times so you have to imagine there was no cohesive unit. they didn't want you to have a cohesive unit to be sold off to this person or that person so there is some curl turl post-slavery syndrome that goes on. like nancy says people don't want to talk honestly and openly about racism. some use it as an excuse, some as a hamhammer. >> this remark proves the point you just made. researchers found when it
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comes to dating, wealth for men and education for women can be the great equalizer so in other words it can make up for the fact if someone's overweight, if they're wealthy or a good education in the case of women that makes people not care much about the overweight issue. >> this is why i come on the show. >> the only reason women see donny is because he's rich. >> see this is all learning all the time on "the professionals." of course that's true and we know that and by the way any asset you have man or woman, wealth, education, sense of humor, is going to offset a physical attribute. >> the thing is a woman may be 10, 15 or 20 pounds heavier but if she has an education she still is more -- >> or if a woman was money she's more. come on we know that. >> if a woman has more education it's appealing because that's code because she has more money? >> people more educated tend to make more money so you looking for a sugar mama no matter what.
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>> money unfortunately or fortunately is an aphrodisiac. sugar, marijuana-shaped candy, yes it's happened, hitting stores, making a lot of parents angry, too. apparently there's, i thought i had it on my notes, pot baggies, the pot lollipops. i remember carrying a cigarette back in the day. >> what it a brilliant marketing tool. >> you don't need that, we don't need to introduce to drugs whatever you feel about marijuana. >> if your kids came home with a chocolate lollipop in the shape of a marijuana leaf would you flip out? you'd say it's marijuana. >> nancy doesn't that make light of it? >> i'm surprised you're saying that. >> it's make light of it. >> my 8-year-old daughter, what's this? that's a marijuana leaf. >> marriage marriage is a serious drug and kids should avoid it. >> the drug to other drugs. >> no, no, no, no, no, no.
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you guys, you guys, you guys, you bring it home, sit around the table, make light of it and here's why i don't want you to do. dark chocolate is good for your heart. >> stop it! holly madison insured her breast for $1 million. it raises the question, what would all of you insure? >> my hands. >> you're a surgeon. >> because i've always thought that someday there would be an executive who would say i don't want her face on television anymore and my television career would be over and i could always put food on the table being a surgeon so i've always insured my hands. i pay my hands are insured. >> wow, donny? >> this is a morning show. i can't really go there. my baby blue eyes, okay? >> yes, okay. and star? >> i have to insure my brain for the exact same reason because there are always criminals in brooklyn. i can go back to practicing law. >> i tried to insure my brain, it's uninsurable. >> insure your pocketbook.
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with hershey's chocolate chips. for a moment of warm, gooey, togetherness. chocolate chip cookies... from pillsbury. ♪ sending out on s.o.s. this morning on "joy's diet s.o.s." today nutritionist joy bauer discuss the best sweetener for your morning coffee to how to get off the couch and start moving. >> good morning. >> first we have lauren in orlando, florida, joins us on skype. good morning, lauren. >> hi. >> go ahead with your question. >> so i love my coffee in the morning but i like it a little bit sweet, so should i use artificial sweetener and save the calories or go for the regular sugar and avoid the fake stuff? >> so my pick is definitely the sugar packet. and here's why. a packet of sugar is only 16
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calories and it's far more natural than all of the artificial junk. you're going to get different input from different health professionals but to me in my opinion, if you just have one or at the most two packs of sugar in your coffee each day, sugar is the cleaner and better way to go. >> thanks, lauren, for your question. >> bye. >> it's a good question. >> 16, 32 calories, big deal. >> big deal. teri in rosenburg, texas, good morning. >> caller: good morning. i'm a complete couch potato, haven't exercised in a long time, overweight, out of shape and ready to make a change and start walking. i have no idea where to start and i would appreciate some direction. >> good for you! >> kudos on making this move from the couch to walking. i know it could feel overwhelming. fast forward two weeks you are going to feel sensational. here's what you're going to do starting today, open your door and walk five minutes in any direction, then you're going to turn around and walk back.
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so a total of ten minutes. i want you to do that every single day for this week. next week, you're going to tack on two minutes to the first half of your journey so then you'll walk seven minutes in one direction and seven minutes back so now you're at 14 minutes every single day for week two so as the weeks progress, add on two-minute increments and try to get up between 30 and 60 days each day or most days of the week. more is better but whatever you can do is a huge accomplishment and your body and health are both going to benefit. you'll find it will become addictive because it feels great when you're walking and when you're done. >> good luck, terry. see you on the joy fit club soon, okay? >> caller: thank you. >> yes, start today. >> caller: i will. >> next viewer e-mail from karen in st. louis, and karen writes "i've read a lot about the health benefits of grapeseed oil. do you consider it a healthy oil like olive and canola?" i've wondered about this myself. >> yes and i think we'll be
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hearing more about this superstar so grapeseed oil is super rich in polyunsaturated fat and we're finding out that type of fat may be most effective for lowering the bad cholesterol. what's also nice about grapeseed oil it has a high smoke point so it's really good for a high-heat cooking like sauteing or stir-frying and neutral in taste like canola oil. it's an oil people should bring into the house and keep on hand and try around in recipes. >> joy bauer thanks as always, speed round here. >> thank you, natalie. still ahead, whether you're looking for a great hotel, nice weather or affordability, we'll show you some of the top american cities for your next getaway, but first these mess e messages. ♪ special k protein shakes and meal bars. with 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber each... they satisfy your hunger longer so you can stay on track.
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ages." >> good to see you. >> johnny you were the oldest contestant in "biggest loser" history. how much did you lose on the ranch? >> 80 pounds. on the ranch i lost 15 pounds, and it's up to 80 pounds at this time and climbing. >> at home you're doing wonderful. patrick your geeoal is to be a police officer. you lost a lot of weight. >> i lost 37 pounds at the range and 110 pounds total so far, so yeah i got to take the physical agility test for the police department back where i live in oregon and i passed it. so yeah, on the right path. >> are you training for the marathon, going to try to get back in it? >> marathon, doing it every day. everywhere we go. >> has this changed your life your weight loss? >> changed big time. >> absolutely. my marriage, it changed my marriage, it's being a team with my wife now and just being able
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is that what's bugging you? >> no, that's not what's bugging me. it's you. >> the catfight between elisabeth and joan collins, if you were a fan of "dynasty" of course you recognize them. we'll our own. >> why did it look like so much fun?
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excuse me why i pull her hair. any-hoo. >> who were you, linda evans or joan collins? >> i was trying to copy the throat move. they went for the jugler. >> i learned the pulling the hair is actually you move and i move my head. you make noises. >> like ahh! ahh! from san diego sunsets to the lights of las vegas strip you know we're not going to see that tape ever again, the sun and the surf from san juan, famous cities from "travel & leisu leisure." coming up, we'll show you some of the healthiest package options without sacrifice flavor. who can forget redd fox and his son lamont in "sanford and son." i'm sorry that al is not sitting right here with us.
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>> he would have loved redd fox. >> i would have loved the catfight. i was going back to the catfight. he's out on the plaza with the weather instead. >> checkinging the weather. let's take a look at what's going on the next couple of days starting with today. we'll show you heavy rain in the pacific northwest, more rain in the mid-atlantic states, increasing clouds here in the northeast, sunshine for the plains, all the way down into the northern plains. tomorrow, slight risk of strong storms in the mid mississippi river valley, going to be wet and cool in the northeast into the new england area, leftover showers in the pacific northwest. sunny and warm, texas into the southwest, it will be downright toasty, sunny and mild through the southeast. that's what's going on in the country. rere's what's happening in your >> good morning. we have more clouds in the sky. temperatures are not as warm as they have been.
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>> and that's your latest weather. savannah? >> thanks, al. we've made up. >> we're still fighting over who wants to be joan collins. >> i want to be joan. coming up next from beautiful bridges and skylines to vegas baby, we've got america's favorite cities coming up after these messages. oh, no! [ female announcer ] starbucks via® is planted the same... ♪ ...harvested the same... ♪ ...and roasted the same as our other premium coffees. ♪ it only makes sense it would taste the same. so, try it for yourself. buy a pack of 100% natural starbucks via® ready brew. we promise you'll love it or we'll send you a bag of starbucks coffee. it's the starbucks via® taste promise. look for it at starbucks stores and where you buy groceries.
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mom: show daddy ! lion. roaaar. rawr ! dad: whoa ! mom: ah there's more in the front, or you can go around ! eeeee ! younger girl: what's that ? dad: who's that ? mom: elephant ! eeeeee ! tiger ! older girl: tiger ? yes ! older girl: beep beeeeep ! ♪ we sing along ♪ to all our favorite songs, dad: now watch this. gorilla. dad: what does he say ? ♪ we can make 'em up ah yah yah yah yah ♪ 'cause we were made for each other ♪ ♪ for always, mom: who knows what the seal says ? ♪ oh oh... older girl: arf arf arf arf ! ♪ this morning on "tooled's travel" the best cities in the u.s., every year "travel & leisure" magazines surveys the nation for the best hotels, cleanest hotels and best destinations. neela thomas, good morning. >> good morning. >> how do the editors pick the cities? >> we pick the 35 most popular cities to travel to, put all of
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the cities and 50 plus categories on our website travelandleisure.com and thousands of readers came to the website and voted and the results are live today and i'm here for the sneak peek. >> let's start out with the beautiful people of san juan, puerto rico. what did the survey reveal about san juan's culture in. >> there's something about hot weather, gorgeous people, great beaches that makes people want to go there, and i think san juan, puerto rico, has all of that and more. you are half puerto rican. >> yes, i am. >> and half brazilian. if we put those two together, it's almost too caliente for the show. what's great about puerto rico is their love of life and food. edna in the makeup is from puerto rico and is cheering. she loves the mix of cultures, there's african, spanish, mestiso indigenous people, all together and lots of hot weather and lots of small bikinis.
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>> the most attractive people that you'll find in san juan. >> all right. >> more reason to visit besides everything else going on there. best weather in the country, i don't think this is a surprise to a lot of people, but the sunny, beautiful san diego, california, where the average temperature is about what? you know, 80 something. >> 80 something and seldom dips below 55, and there are 283 sunny days in san diego. if you're going there, fall is an ideal time to go, surfing or swimming in the ocean, there's lots of great things to do, including going to the san diego zoo which i'm obsessed with because of their adorable pandas. inn at the park, $129 a night on balboa park and within walking distance of the zoo. >> great price too for it. taking a trip you need a great hotel of course, and the city with the best options for hotels of course would go to las vegas, nevada. >> which honestly if any city in america is synonymous with
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hotels it's las vegas. there are more hotels in las vegas than any other city in america. one tidbit, mgm grand alone launders 50,000 pillow cases a day. >> wow. a lot of laundry. >> that's true. >> that's just pillow cases, what about the sheets? >> there's a lot. lots of hotels. the great thing is they're destinations in and of themselves for casino, restaurants and shows and spas. i love lots of different hotels, the bellagio and the venetian. my new favorite is the cosmopolitan. it has the sophistication i come to expect from a new york city hotel and even though it's huge it feels very intimate. >> most affordable city goes to? >> kansas city, missouri. >> hello, midwest. i feel so great. >> kansas city is one of the cities if you have them in there you should go. it gets number one for barbecue so this is a good combination from affordability and barbecue. >> cheap barbecue.
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>> the brisket is the way to go. you have 200 fountains in the city, something a lot of people don't know. rome, italy s the city that has more mountains an kansas city. a lot of people call it the birth place of jazz, and there are tree lined avenues, art deck coarchitecture. i can go on and on. if you haven't been to kansas city you should go. >> go, go, go and the cleanest city goes to? the twin cities, minneapolis-st. paul. wintertime probably not the place to go for activities. no, you disagree? >> i disagree. the twin cities gets a bad rap for the bad weather but they're into wintertime. go there for the st. paul winter carnival. they have an ice sculpture festival they do and people go out and they snowshoe and walk outside. as long as you bundle up and have a cup of hot cocoa.
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any time there's opre i'm there. >> nilou motamed thanks so much. check out the rest on "travel & leisure's" website. next we'll show you the healthiest and tastiest options for snacks and food. so ready. [ female announcer ] when you're prepared for your check-up, you just know you're going to ace it. are you ready for your check-up? i'm so ready. [ female announcer ] crest pro-health invigorating clean rinse. its invigorating action lets you know it's working to fight plaque and gingivitis. and provides all these other benefits. crest pro-health invigorating clean rinse. clean, protect and invigorate your way to better dental check-ups. [ laughter ] tonight we're setting the table with something new. come in for olive garden's new stuffed rigatonis, hearty pasta stuffed with a blend of five italian cheeses. for just $11.95 try the rigatoni with grilled chicken in a roasted garlic alfredo.
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♪ that music is unmistakable, the iconic theme song to the classic tv sitcom "sanford and son." it premiered in 197 and almost 40 years later the antics of redd foxx still have us laughing. >> i've never had pain like this before. i'm dying. you hear that, elizabeth, i'm coming to join you, honey. [ knock at the door ] maybe that's elizabeth. >> michael sarr "black and blue the redd foxx story." what interested you about redd
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foxx? >> he was one of the first african americans to headline vegas so he really broke ground in many different areas. >> today of course as you mentioned to me a few minutes ago the 20th anniversary of his death. for some people who when he came on that sitcom it was like he came out of nowhere. >> right. >> he was older, not an overnight success. he had a hard time making that big career move. >> right, he spent, redd spent over 30 years working the chitlin circuit because of his skin color. he toured with slappy white who appeared on "sanford and son" and broke doors down for comedians for today. >> hugh downs invited him on the "today" show. >> he had seen the sugar hill club in san francisco and invited redd to come on. there was a little on the part of nbc i think they were nervous
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because redd was known as a blue comedian. he toned down his act for television, he was a hit and opened the door for other tv appearanc appearances. >> the show "sanford and son" truly was you never see in this day and age wasn't supposed to be about an african-american family. >> no. the producers of the show went through several versions, a jewish version, italian version, and irish version and redd was recommended by cleveland little, a talented man. they had seen redd in "cotton comes to harlem." >> as funny as he was on screen he had his share of struggles offscreen, major contract disputes with the networks say he was underpaid. >> right. >> he was open about his cocaine use. >> right. >> multiple marnlriages. tell us about that side of redd
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foxx. >> his life was an open book. what you saw was what you got. he had a heavy cocaine problem wasn't that unusual in 1970s hollywood. he came up through the clubs, was a way of life, smoked a lot of pot. he did have contract disputes with nbc. he felt he wasn't getting what he deserved. he was the network's number one sitcom star and he felt he should be compensated for that and he fought, he walked off the show for eight episodes and did get what he wanted in the end. >> when he passed he collapsed on the set of his new show. when you look at the arc of his life, what do you think his legacy is, rags to riches to rags again? >> redd's legacy is one of the most popular tv stars in television history, one of the most popular sitcom stars and a comedy pioneer who broke down the doors for a lot of comedians to follow in his wake. >> it's great to remember and think about him and laugh. those things still hold up. michael starr thank you. >> thank you. >> and you can read an excerpt
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on our web side today.com. come up next why you don't have to think out of the box to fihi
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this morning on "eat mart today" the best packaged food. chances are your pantry is full of items coming in a box, bag or can, and a lot of them come loaded with fat, sodium and preservatives. >> what are healthier options? carrie glassman is nutritionist and contributor to "women's health" magazine. how did you choose what is healthy? >> it should go without saying of course we want to eat real food but that's not always reasonable. "women's health" chose 125 of the best foods taking into consideration nutrient profile, taste and ingredients. >> snacks are of the most common packaged foods we find ourselves eating. >> exactly. >> beanitos.
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>> i love these beanitos. the first ingredient is black beans. so this little bag right there is going to have six grams of fiber, six grams of protein no, corn, no potato if you're concerned about that and that barbecue flavor is satisfying. >> really good. a little salsa good with that, too. >> kelp chips. >> you know package foods have come a long way when you buy kale in a package. i love it's organic kale and you're getting loads of vitamin a and vitamin c and it has a big kick. if you like a lot of flavor very satisfying. >> curry flavor. >> and there's coconut and cashew in there. >> gives it a little kick, i like that. >> for the sweet group you've got the cookies and these are lucy's oatmeal cookies. >> sometimes when you're having a sweet you want more than one. you can have three for 120 calories but what people really love about these is first of all
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they taste amazing but also there are peanut, tree nut, milk egg and gluten free so any allergies going on in your family, they're a perfect treat to keep around. >> great and ice cream, got to have that. >> i lo ove that ice cream. i was tasting it too much last night. you want to indulge in something that's going to satisfy you and also with the cleanest ingredients. this is organic ice cream, organic skim milk and cream and that caramel swirl is satisfying as well. >> lower fat overall. >> 120 calories for half a cup and three grams of fat. >> excellent. if you want to make a meal of your packaged food? >> this is like your backup reserves. you need to keep something in the freezer when you're not prepared, this is 360 calories, we've got portion control for the meal, brown rice, vegetables and also vegetarian. everyone should eat a couple vegetarian meals per week. >> this is butter nut squash
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soup, comes in this is convenient. >> should have had a v8. >> a butter nut squash v8. >> it's excellent to fill up on soup at the beginning of the meal, you'll eat less and this one is loaded with vitamins. 90 calories for one cup so even if you ate the whole box it's 200 calories. throw a little grilled chicken on the side and almost have a complete meal. and three grams of fbier in the 90 calories as well. >> breakfast? >> this kind of looks like we should throw this off, reminds you of the squeezed cheese, some of us, i won't say who. this is an easy, fun way to make pancakes fast, no mess and looks like there would be crazy ingredients but it's organic. that's the batter. you just spray. >> looks like a weapon. >> it's easy and whole grain. >> exactly and it's easy, organic eggs in there. >> perfect. oatmeal here. >> i love the three sisters multigrain hot cereal, 150
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calories for the pack, i also love it combines brown rice and quenja in an open box. also a little dried fruit, i had this this morning and tastes great. >> veng tabls we don't normally think of as packaged. >> you can go to the salad bars and have a salad for 600, 700 calories, this is portioned with 350 calories, adding in super foods. >> more on our website, kerry glassman, thank you. coming up kathie lee and hoda get wild with animals. they're always wild. they don't need animals. >> they don't but they'll be there and actor t.r. knight after your local news and weather. have a great day.
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